The Grief Recovery Method Outreach Program
Are you suffering from a broken heart? Was it caused by a death, divorce, or the breakup of a romantic relationship? Or was it caused by any of the forty other losses that a person can experience during a lifetime? Regardless of the cause, you know how you feel and it probably isn’t good.
In The Grief Recovery Method Outreach Program, we are not going to tell you, “We know how you feel,” because we don’t. Neither does anyone else. Your feelings are normal and natural. The problem is that we have been socialized to believe that these feelings are abnormal and unnatural.
“I need to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. I feel that The Grief Recovery Outreach Program has not only changed my life, I feel it has saved it!”
What is The Grief Recovery Method ® Outreach Program?
This powerful and dynamic experience is the most sensible, accessible, and authentic plan available for recovery from loss. Each program is facilitated by one of our Certified Grief Recovery Specialists® in either the 12-week group format or the 7-week one-on-one format. We have trained thousands of Specialists all over the country as well as internationally.
The Grief Recovery Handbook – 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition – is used as the text for this program. It is neither a support group nor a drop-in program. It is an experiential, action-based program with homework assignments.
The Outreach Program provides a safe environment for participants to take the actions of The Grief Recovery Method. You will look at your old beliefs about dealing with loss, what losses have affected your life, and take new actions that will lead you to completion of the pain attached to those losses. As a result, our participants find that they are able to discover and complete what was left emotionally unfinished due to a death, a divorce, or other major loss.
“I just want to say that The Grief Recovery Outreach Program is like Life 101. I hope that it gets into the school system.”
While grief is normal and natural, most of the information passed on within our society about dealing with loss is not normal, natural, or helpful. Grief is the emotional response to loss, but most of the information we have learned about dealing with loss is intellectual.
“Thank you for identifying grief as a feeling – not a character defect and for providing an effective way for us to learn how to feel this feeling called grief and how to move on.”
Myths about grief
Just looking at the myth that time heals creates the idea that a person just has to wait and they will feel better. We have known people who have waited ten, twenty, thirty, and forty years, and still didn’t feel better. And they would tell you that not only had time not healed them but it had compounded the pain.
“It was refreshing to be involved in a Grief Recovery program where I was supported in the expression of my grief regardless of the nature of my loss – without judgment. I was used to having people try to steer me away from my grief without realizing how unhealthy and destructive it is to bury my feelings or be strong for others. I discovered during this program that my real hard-core grief was resolved faster when I gave it honest, healthy expression instead of burying it inside. In short, this program showed me how to pay attention to my heart and be true to myself. You will truly enrich your life in The Grief Recovery Method Outreach Program.”
When is it time to start Grief Recovery?
Is it ever too soon to recovery? No! Effective Grief Recovery can begin immediately. We tend to create larger-than-life memory pictures in which we either enshrine or bedevil the person who died. This phenomenon increases with time, making it more difficult to discover the truth within our relationships. It is never too soon to address your grief.
“The ‘tools’ work! My grief was too heavy to carry and I’m free – thanks to those tools.”
What is the difference between The Grief Recovery Method ® Outreach Program and support groups?
Many grief groups provide an environment for you to verbalize the thoughts and feelings you experience following a loss. While there is a benefit to that kind of expression, it is not enough. Talking about how you feel does not complete the unfinished emotional business that is attached to a loss. The Grief Recovery Method Outreach Program is designed to guide you through a series of actions to not only verbalize your feelings, but to help you complete the pain associated with those feelings. For the safety and success of all participants, commitment and attendance are essential.
“My experience with The Grief Recovery Method Outreach Program far exceeded my expectations. The folks who have put this 12-week experience together have a clear understanding of the needs for confidentiality and respect for everyone in the workshop. This class taught each of us in a clearly focused system of “how to’s” to be able to honor and identify the normal messages and feelings that we brought with us as a result of the losses in our lives. This class really changed my life. It was fun and deeply honoring of the person I am and the person I am becoming.”
People say you have to let go and move on in your life, but they don’t tell you what you need to do to accomplish that. The Grief Recovery Method Outreach Program, developed and refined over the past 30 years, not only makes that possible, but provides partnerships and guidance to ensure that it happens.
“Nine years after losing our son, what a blessing to have found this program! You will
learn the reasons why it can be so difficult to get beyond the pain of loss and new ways to think about all of your relationships. The homework can be hard at times, but the program is conducted by a caring facilitator in an environment of total honesty and confidentiality with fellow grievers. There will be tears, but also much laughter – and new friends! And best of all for us, relief finally from the wrenching pain that was part of our lives for so long. We highly recommend this class.”